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Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Considering 2018 Senate Bid

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By    |   Tuesday, 29 Nov 2016 02:27 PM

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is mulling over a 2018 Senate campaign, he said in an interview with Bloomberg released Tuesday.

"I've always said that I've got one more run left in our bones. And I don't know what that will be. But I love this country," Huntsman said. "We're going to take a good look at maybe a future Senate run in the state of Utah."

Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, president pro tempore of the Senate, is reportedly reconsidering retiring at the end of his term. The 82-year-old has served in the Senate since 1977 and faces significant pressure to seek an eighth term.

"I've got a lot of people asking me to. A lot of my colleagues are asking me to, a lot of people in Utah are asking me to," Hatch told Roll Call. "You know that I had said that … this would be my last term, but circumstances have greatly changed, so I'll have to look at it."

"I have a lot of people pressuring me to, because they know what I can do. And they know that as chairman of the Finance Committee, we make a real difference around here," Hatch said. "I'll honestly look at it, as much as I can."

As chairman, Hatch presides over tax policy and entitlement programs including Medicare and Medicaid.

Huntsman also said in the interview that his decision "in part would be based on what Sen. Hatch chooses to do."

"He's been a productive senator for nearly half a century," Huntsman continued. "I'm somebody personally who believes in term limits. I always have. You get in, do your job, you get out."

"But time will tell," he added.

Huntsman previously served as U.S. ambassador to China under President Barack Obama, and ran for the Republican nomination for president in 2012, but dropped out after poor showings in the first two state primaries.

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